Sri Lanka Cricket has terminated Tom Moody’s contract as its director of cricket 19 months into a three-year arrangement.
The decision has been described by the board as “amicable”, and SLC is understood to be open to the idea of bringing Moody, who has also coach the Sri Lanka men’s team in the past, back as a consultant in the future. “We exit from the contract, but as a consultant, if we need his assistance, we will obtain it,” SLC chief executive Ashley de Silva told ESPNcricinfo.
An SLC media statement said that the decision was taken because the board’s technical advisory committee, which made the appointment, had been dissolved earlier this year. That was following a change in the central government, which led to Namal Rajapaksa, the sports minister at the time, vacating his post. Rajapaksa had played a key role in the appointment of the committee.
“The Executive Committee of the SLC, after much deliberation, was of the opinion that Tom Moody’s services are no longer required as he was directly reporting to the Technical Advisory Committee, which has ceased to exist now,” the SLC statement said.
Moody was quoted as saying, “It was a privilege to service SLC again and I’m proud of what I managed to achieve during my term with the guidance of the Technical Advisory Committee.”